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Lignans linked to a lithe physique

Previous research has focused on plant lignans as a useful aid in reducing the risk of prostate cancer and in improving menopausal health, but Canadian researchers have recently discovered that women who eat a more lignan-rich diet also tend to have a lower BMI and less total body fat. 

Lignans are phytonutrients that are found in wholegrains, fruits and vegetables, but they are present in particularly high amounts in flax seeds. When lignan-rich foods are consumed, the friendly bacteria in the gut help to metabolise them into two chemicals called enterodiol and enterolactone. 

In this study, 115 post-menopausal women underwent blood tests to see how much enterolactone was present in their bloodstream. Lignan intake was monitored using a three-day dietary record and BMI and body fat measurements were then m....

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